Sensational Southern French Wines Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina

Sensational Southern French Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, May 26 from 4-7 pm — Get your weekend off to a great start with a free wine tasting starring some sensational Southern French wines.  You’ll get to try a crisp and aromatic white, an award winning and highly rated dry rosé, and plush and juicy red from a rising star producer.  

I continue to be amazed with the incredible wine values that come out of Southern France.  The Rhone Valley, Provence, and the Languedoc-Roussillon typically experience warm and sunny growing seasons, and you can certainly taste those attributes in the wines.  Join us as we introduce you to 3 great values perfect for spring and summer.  Up first, it’s a fresh and exotic white blend from Isle Saint-Pierre, an island in the middle of the Rhone River.  I love sipping on this refreshing little wine while sunbathing by the beach or the pool — you will too.  After that, it’s a dramatically delicious dry rosé from Chateau Puech-Haut, arguably the top producer in the region.  A blend of Grenache and Cinsault, the new vintage just received 92 points from The Wine Advocate.  That’s one of the highest scoring rosés of the vintage!  To finish, we’ll pour you one of my personal new favorites, a sumptous red from the Ventoux. A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, I love this one with burgers, bbq, or lamb.  Sound good?  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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The Wines
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2016 Isle Saint-Pierre Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhône river just 10 miles inland from the Mediterranean. This close proximity to the sea ensures a cooling influence resulting in fresh, easy drinking, “bistro-styled” wines for everyday consumption.  The white is made up of 70% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat and is fermented entirely in stainless steel.  Offering up lovely notes of pear, apple, mixed citrus and honeysuckle, it is a white wine for all palates.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rosé (Languedoc) – I’ve drunk a lot of  Puech-Haut wines over the years, and I tend to agree with Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate who called it “easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc.”  The new release of their rosé is another winner that I could drink for days. Primarily Grenache with a dollop of Cinsault, all of the grapes come from 30-60 year old, biodynamically farmed vineyards.  Quite pale in color but intensely aromatic with notes of white flowers, strawberry and white peach, it’s just straight up gorgeous.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in a mixed six pack | $17.59 in a mixed case

3. 2015 Domaine Terrasses d’Eole Ventoux Rouge (Southern Rhone Valley) – I love happy stories like the one involving this small domaine.  For years, the family just grew grapes and sold them off to the local cooperative.  In 1998, son Stephane Saurel convinced his parents to start bottling their own wines………..the rest is history as this small, family run domaine is really clicking on all cylinders.  The red combines 65% Grenache with 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.  Fermentation occurs in concrete and the resulting wine is simply delicious with notes of ripe cherry, blueberry, peppery spice and herb.  
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in a mixed six pack | $11.99 in a mixed case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

De Maison Spanish Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Legendary Spanish Wines – Super Saturday Wine Tasting

Saturday, May 27th from 2-5 p.m. – Want to taste some legendary Spanish wines along with some legends in the making? Stop by the store on Saturday as Mike Tiano of the Haw River Wine Man joins us to pour six prized and famed Spanish wines from the De Maison portfolio of André Tamers.  Just $5 to try all 6 wines — free for Grape Nuts!

Our next Super Saturday Wine Tasting is a really special one.  Mike Tiano will be running the tasting bar, and he’ll be pouring you an all-star roster of wines from the famed De Maison Selections portfolio.  Founded in 1996 by Chapel Hill resident André Tamers, De Maison is easily recognized today as one of the top US-based importers of wines from small family-run Spanish estates.  We’re talking legendary names like Remelluri in Rioja, Vina Sastre in Ribera del Duero, and Do Ferreiro in Rias Baixas……….. just to name a few.  We’ll pour you wines from these historically significant producers along with wines from some of André’s newer producers.  This is a golden opportunity to taste and learn about some of the best of the best Spanish producers and their wines.  No RSVP is required and you do not have to be a Grape Nut to attend — just pay $5 before you begin the tasting and have a great time.

De Maison Selections Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Ameztoi Txakolina (Basque Region, Northern Spain): This is the wine equivalent to a gin and tonic………minus the high alcohol.  Light, crisp, and bottled with a little bit of residual CO2 to give it a natural spritz, it is limey, salty, and bone dry.  Folks try to compare it to Vinho Verde, but it is so much more intense.

2. 2016 Bodegas Ostatu Rosado (Rioja, North-Central Spain): This family run winery is located in the Rioja Alavesa in in the town of Samaniego. They treat their dry rosé with the utmost of respect, using grapes from some of the estate’s oldest and highest elevation vineyards.  A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and just a splash of Tempranillo Blanco fermented in stainless steel, it is one of the most refreshing wines we offer each year.

3. 2015 Do Ferreiro Albarino (Rias Baixas, Northwestern Spain): Like the title of the tasting proclaims, this is one of Spain’s modern legends of wine and arguably the greatest estate producer of Albarino.  From older vineyards planted close to the Atlantic Ocean, this is sublime Albarino with more than just fruit. There is exotic fruit, but there is also stated minerality and an intensity rarely encountered in this grape.

4. 2015 José Antonio Garcia Unculin (Bierzo, Northwestern Spain): Talk about a perfect red for Memorial Day weekend!  The young José Antonio Garcia is one of André Tamers’ newer producers, and we think he’s a legend in the making.  His Unculin is 100% Mencia from 60-80 year old vineyards, and it is pure drinking pleasure.  Comparable to good Gamay or Pinot Noir, it is medium bodied, juicy and easy drinking………perfect for washing down burgers or other stuff off the grill.

5. 2015 Costers del Priorat Petit Pissares (Priorat, Northeastern, Spain): This is another of De Maison’s newer producers, and we think they are destined for stardom!  One of the best values in estate-grown Priorat on the market, the Petit Pissares is a stainless steel fermented blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Samso (aka Carignan) from the black slate soils of Priorat.  It is fresh and inviting on the one hand, yet “serious” and intense on the other.  Trust us, this is an exciting new Spanish wine.

6. 2010 Remelluri Rioja Reserva (Rioja, North-Central Spain): Telmo Rodriguez is one of Rioja’s brightest stars, and Remelluri is where he does his best work.  A traditional blend of Tempranillo and several other native grapes, this one is fermented with native yeasts and aged for 16 months in oak.  The resulting wine is magnificent — packed with brooding dark fruit notes and complex spices, this is a wine to drink now with food or hold for up to 15 years. Bravo!

7. Surprise Wine: Yep, there’s one more just to motivate you to stop on by.  It’s a red, it’s big, and it’s delicious!

The best Prosecco in the world at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco – Prosecco Deal of the Year

Wine of the Week – The 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco is the best Prosecco I have ever tasted!  I still remember the first time we tasted this wine with importer Jay Murrie, the man behind Piedmont Wine Imports.  It was revelatory.  The bubbles were finer and less frothy, the bouquet was intense with notes of white fruits and flowers, and the palate was smooth and almost creamy.  This was no ordinary Prosecco!  Jay went on to tell us about the history and methodology of the producer (we’ll get to that later), and it all made sense.  That was almost 4 years ago, and since then this incredible, certified organic, small batch Prosecco has become a staff and customer favorite.  The 2015 vintage arrived about a month ago after a long absence, I took a bottle home immediately, and I still say that the Alla Costiera is the best Prosecco I have ever tasted. Keep reading to learn more or trust me and stop by the store and pick some up.

2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco Extra Dry – On Sale Through Saturday, June 3

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Sale Price: $14.99/bottle or just $13.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack (20% off)

I’ll let wordsmith Jay Murrie sum up the philosophy at Alla Costiera: “Filippo Gamba is a no-nonsense farmer. Back when nearly nobody cared about natural viticulture in Veneto, he transformed Alla Costiera into a scrupulously organic and low-intervention estate. After nearly two decades in charge of this successful small family domaine, Filippo is still thinking and acting like a young visionary winemaker: like he has something to prove.”  Keep it up Filippo! Today, he and his family farm a mere 7 hectares of vines just outside the village of Vo Vecchio in the Colli Eugenei hills.  In addition to being certified organic, they work with old vines in the 15 to 75 year age range and use native yeasts for their fermentations.  Even more impressive is the fact that they make their Prosecco in tiny batches, about 2,500 bottles at a time.  In a good year, Alla Costiera will produce only 500 cases of their Prosecco.  Small production does not always guarantee quality, but it does in this case!

Filippo Gamba of Alla Costiera.

Filippo Gamba, the man behind Alla Costiera.

You can certainly taste the difference Filippo’s passion and hard work make in this wine.  This is true small grower/producer Prosecco, and this is exactly the kind of wine that I like to champion.  Completely contrary in so many ways to the mass produced Proseccos that line the shelves at grocery stores, this is truly special wine.  It’s all in the bottle here folks, and the best way to experience what I’m talking about is to buy some! Carefully remove the cork, pour yourself a glass, and you will be greeted by pristine aromas of pear, apple, citrus and floral notes.  Take a sip, and I think you’ll taste the difference.  There’s a perfect balance between ripe and round orchard fruits and higher toned citrus fruits that just keeps you coming back for sip after sip.

I don’t know what else I can say about this one………….oh yeah, you’re gonna’ like it!  Stock up on this one while it’s here because it does run out.  If you’d like to try before you buy, just stop by the store on Friday, May 19th (4-7pm) as we’ll be pouring it. Of course, you can always email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to hold some for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Vallana Barbera at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2014 Vallana Barbera – Case of the Month

Case of the Month – Ben, Will and myself were sipping on the 2014 Vallana Barbera after work recently and a really good question arose.  How is this wine less than $15?  We’re talking about one of the most historically significant names in the Alto Piemonte and a producer that Wine Spectator called one of the top 100 producers on the planet.  And we’re also talking about a wine that is absurdly delicious, and one that we all agreed could easily sell for $20+ per bottle.  We never found an answer to our original question, but we certainly found extreme enjoyment out of that bottle of wine.  I promptly contacted Jay Murrie of Piedmont Wine Imports and secured enough Vallana Barbera to make it our next Case of the Month.  You should buy some! Here’s the deal:

2014 Vallana Barbera – On sale through June 17th

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!

Vallana is the stuff of legends.  The estate as we know it today was founded in 1937, but the Vallana family name first shows up in connection to high quality winemaking in Alto Piemonte in 1787.  As Robert Parker says, these are “intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character.”  The family’s specialty is Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo (we’ve got that too), and these are the wines that deservedly gain all of the critical acclaim.  But they also make a small amount of Barbera.  It is not to be overlooked, and it is the least expensive way to “test drive” a Vallana wine.  It also bears the stylistic framework that marks Vallana’s wines.

Vallana Winery in Alto Piemonte.

From humble abodes come grand wines.

The vineyards of the Alto Piemonte, located north of the Langhe at the base of the Alps, are cooler and possess more acidic soils.  These conditions give the Vallana wines their acidic backbone and the structure that allows them to age gracefully for years.  The propensity to age and improve is one of the hallmark attributes of Vallana, and the tradition is carried on today by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.

Although their Barbera is perfect to drink young, it also has a track record for medium to long term aging.  Yes, an $11 bottle of wine that you can age!  As with all of their wines, including their more expensive offerings, all of the grapes for their Barbera are hand harvested from organically farmed vineyards.  Fermentation and aging takes place in cement vats to preserve purity and character.  And wow, does this wine have some character!  Made in a traditional, old school Piemonte style, the wine is medium bodied and refreshing, offering up lovely notes of red berries and moderately complex notes of spices and earth.  High in acidity but possessing soft tannin, this is enjoyable all year round as a stand-alone wine, but I really love the way it enhances the flavors of grilled meats, especially lamb.

What more is there to say?  Seriously folks, this is the kind of wine that makes me do what I do with such vigorous passion.  Legendary producer, clean farming and production techniques, delicious wine.  Buy some!  If you’re not sure, we invite you to stop by Saturday, May 20th (2-5pm) to give it a sniff and a sip. Email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com if you’d like me to hold some for you as this one will run out.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Italian Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Tour of Italian Wines – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, May 20th from 2-5pm – Take a tour of Italian wines at your favorite neighborhood wine shop on Saturday!  We’ll hit north, central and southern Italy for this adventurous tasting that features the incredible 2014 Vallana Barbera, one of Italy’s greatest red wine values.

For fans of Italian wines, you don’t want to miss this free wine tasting!  We’re pulling the cork on that Vallana Barbera (our new Case of the Month) along with some other delicious, but lesser known wines.  We highly encourage you to stop by.  Up first, it’s a relatively rare white grape from Italy’s Abruzzo region.  Cococciola is the grape, and it yields a fresh, bright and aromatic white wine perfect for sunny days.  Up next is something entirely unique. Dry rosé of Aglianico is something I wouldn’t think would work (the grape is quite thick skinned and tannic), but it does when Fontanavecchia makes it! Fuller bodied and more powerful than most rosés, this is truly a treat for the senses.  And last but not least is that Barbera I’ve mentioned too many times! Vallana is one of the Piemonte’s most legendary producers, and their Barbera is about as good as red wine gets for less than $15.  Stop by, try the wines, learn something new, and save every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Table Wine, Asheville's premiere wine shop.

The Wines
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2016 Cantina Frentana Cococciola (Abruzzo) – Here’s something you don’t try every day.  The Cococciola grape is believed to be peculiar to the Rocco San Giovanni region of Abruzzo.  It produces a beautifully aromatic, dry white wine with notes of melon, pear, apple and herbs.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Fontnavecchia Aglianico Rosé (Campania) – Fontanavecchia is one of our favorite producers of Southern Italy, and this is a new one for us. The rugged and tannic Aglianico grape is made pretty by turning it into a dry rosé.  A shade darker than many rosés and intensely flavored, this is dry pink wine to enjoy with richer fish and seafood dishes.
Tasting Price: $14.39/bottle | $13.59 in a mixed six pack | $12.79 in a mixed case

3. 2014 Vallana Barbera (Alto Piemonte) – It’s our new Case of the Month, and we can’t figure out how this wine retails for less than $15.  From a winery that Wine Spectator called one of the Top 100 Producers on the Planet, this is pure, medium bodied, and lively red wine perfect for sipping with or without food.  At $10.99/bottle on your solid case, you won’t find a better wine for the money and this has a track record for aging and improving.
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 in a mixed six pack | $11.19 in a mixed case
Special Case of the Month Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner at Local Provisions in conjunction with the Asheville Yoga Festival.

Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner at Local Provisions

Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 pm at Local Provisions in conjunction with the Asheville Yoga Festival – Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner featuring 5 courses of locally sourced, seasonal fare and French wines from famed importer Kermit Lynch.  $100/person all inclusive (tax and tip included).  Click here to make your reservations today — this link will redirect you to Eventbrite where you can purchase tickets.  Once there, simply click the green “Tickets” button and then scroll down to the Farm to Table Wine Dinner and enter the number of tickets you’d like.  Please note that the sparkling wine reception starts at 6:30 pm — please plan to arrive no earlier than 6:30 as we will be setting up the dining room.  Thanks for your understanding.

I’m super excited to work with the fine folks at the Asheville Yoga Festival, with local restaurant Local Provisions, and with the wines of famed importer Kermit Lynch for a Farm to Table Wine Dinner.  The dinner is not limited to Asheville Yoga Festival attendees and includes 5 courses made with locally sourced ingredients paired with some of Kermit Lynch’s finest organic wines.  Just as Yoga increases your connection to your body and senses, this dinner will connect you to small family farms and growers/producers near and far.  Chef Justin Burdett will create dishes from the bounty of high quality ingredients from the best local farms and myself and Richard McKinney of Tryon Distributing will select wines from the small grower/producer driven portfolio of Kermit Lynch.

Being that Chef Justin only buys what is fresh and in season, the menu and the wines will be announced closer to the date of the dinner.  At just $100 all inclusive, this is a great deal and you will leave nourished, satiated, and happy!  Trust me, it’s going to be great.  If you have any food allergies or restrictions, please call the restaurant at least a week before the dinner at 828.424.7815 and Local Provisions will offer delicious alternatives.  Cheers and we hope to see you for this incredible night of wine and food.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite #102
Asheville, NC 28803
828.505.8588

Sparkling Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Spring and Summer Sparkling Wines- Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, May 19th from 4-7pm – Stop by Table Wine in South Asheville for a free wine tasting of some awesome spring and summer sparkling wines.  This is your chance to try the 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco, our new Wine of the Week and the best Prosecco we’ve ever tried!

Who said sparkling wines were just for the holidays and special occasions?  Not us!  Join us as we pour a delicious and affordable trio of bubbles from the Old World.  To start, it’s the always dependable and delicious Broadbent Vinho Verde.  A candidate for the best value porch and patio pounder out there, this year’s version is as good as ever.  Up next, it’s a bone dry, clean and “bready” Cava from Spain’s Perelada Estate.  Possessing great cleansing acidity and an overall zesty personality, this is the perfect bottle to start your weekend.  To finish, it’s the greatest Prosecco we’ve ever tried.  About 500 cases of Alla Costiera’s Prosecco are made each year, and you can certainly taste the small production craftsmanship with every sip.  Get your weekend off to a good start — stop by, taste, learn and save every Friday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Table Wine, Asheville's premiere wine shop.

The Wines
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. NV Broadbent Vinho Verde (Vinho Verde, Portugal) – Vinho Verde is Portugal’s most popular white wine, and it’s also one of the most refreshing wines on the planet.  A blend of native Portuguese grapes, it is lightly fizzy/frothy and super fresh with notes of green apple and mixed citrus fruits.
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases


2. 2013 Castillo Perelada “Stars” Cava Brut Nature (Emporda, Spain) – Since 1987, every summer Castillo Perelada hosts one of the most prestigious music festivals in Europe. This Cava was made as a tribute to all the artists who perform each year.  A traditional blend of Parellada, Xarel-lo, and Macabeu, this is clean, dry, and zesty Cava for all occasions.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in a mixed six pack | $11.99 in a mixed case

3. 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco Extra-Dry (Veneto, Italy) – It’s our Wine of the Week and it’s simply sensational.  From a small, certified organic, family owned estate, this is as good as Prosecco gets.  100% Glera from older vineyards in the Colli Eugenei, just 500 cases of this wine are made each year!  Compare that to some of the “other,” more well known Prosecco producers who produce their wines in a “factory setting” and make close to a million cases…………it’s an incredible value!
Tasting Price: $14.99/bottle | $14.44 in a mixed six pack | $13.59 in a mixed case
Special Wine of the Week Price: $14.99/bottle or $13.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Buy M & S Bouchet Cabernet Franc at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc ‘Le Sylphe’ – Josh’s Freakout Wine

Wine of the Week – I might be jumping the gun here, but I’m going to go ahead and call this one of my favorite wines of 2017.  From a tiny, family run, biodynamic domaine in France’s Loire Valley, the 2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc is everything I look for in a red wine and more.  I love how it balances freshness and total “chuggability” with more “serious,” savory and complex nuances.  I love that it comes from 80+ year old vineyards that see zero chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or additives.  I also love that the wine has 5 years of age on it and that less than 100 cases make it to the United States.  And finally, I love the fact that we bought it all!  For fans of lighter, fresher, spicier red wines (think Beaujolais) that you can serve with a little chill, I promise you’re going to love this natural wine from France’s Loire Valley.

2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc ‘Le Sylphe’ – On Sale Through Saturday, May 13

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle or just $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack

Matthieu and Sylvanie Bouchet took over the family domaine in 1990.  Located in Montreuil-Bellay, just south of Saumur, the husband and wife farm 15 acres of vines according to the strictest principles of biodynamics.  This isn’t a new phenomenon here — Matthieu’s father Francois started farming this way back in 1962.  In fact, Francois wrote the seminal book on how to use biodynamic principles in the vineyard, and he consulted for the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Leflaive (to name a few) when they decided to make the conversion to this integrated system of organic agriculture.  Matthieu and Sylvanie chose to follow in Francois’ footsteps and the estate is now Demeter-certified organic and biodynamic.

Matthieu and Sylvanie Bouchet Cabernet Franc at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

                                             Matthieu et Sylvanie Bouchet

That’s all fine and dandy and healthy for the planet, but what’s the wine like?  Trust me folks, this stuff isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for the body too! I can testify to this fact.  After consuming the better part of a bottle last week, I felt great and I woke up the next morning feeling even better. The Bouchet’s put a ton of TLC into this wine, and you can certainly sense it.  The estate’s Cabernet Franc vines are some of the oldest in the region at 80+ years of age.  In addition to using no synthetic chemicals in their vineyards, the couple ferment with native yeasts.  They add minimal sulfur and do not fine or filter before bottling.  They then age this one for a full 2 years in neutral French oak before bottling.  This hand’s off approach in the vineyards and the cellar is all done in an effort to showcase the beauty and purity of these old vines.

The Bouchet’s are succeeding in this effort!  ‘Le Sylphe’ is an aptly chosen name for this wine —  translated into English, it me means a slender, graceful woman. The wine definitely has its similarities – it is beyond alive here with classic, sweet spices and black pepper. There is a silky, tobacco quality that combines well with all of the explosive black fruit. The wine tastes even better on day two when the tannin relaxes and all that is left is the exposed, raw richness of red/black/blue fruit that comes to the center weaving in and out with perfect acidity on a solid structure. It’s a delicious wine that will compete with the best Cru Beaujolais’ any day.

Enjoy this one with grilled sausages, lighter game, or just about anything off the grill this spring and summer.  Like I said, I bought all 15 cases that made it to Western North Carolina, and it’s going to go fast.  Stop by our French Farmers Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 29th (2-5pm) to give this one a try or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to put some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Purchase Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose

Case of the Month – Dry rose fans rejoice as the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose is back and it’s great again!  With eleven Best of Class and numerous gold awards at prestigious wine competitions, it is one of our country’s top pink wines.  I can say with certainty that it is very deserving of the praise. We poured this one last Friday and every single person that tasted it loved it.  We ran out!  Not to worry, 20 cases arrive today……….even better, I’m putting it on sale through May 10th.  Believe me when I say that this is one of the most satisfying wines to drink during the spring and summer seasons.  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  Here’s the deal:

2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose
Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

On Sale Through Saturday, May 13th
$10.99/bottle on solid case purchases — That’s Over 20% Off!

Dry rose sales continue to surge in the United States, and it’s wines like this one that are making that happen.  Please note that this is not anything like White Zinfandel, Lancers, or Mateus.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with those wines, but Barnard Griffin’s Rose is decidedly dry.  With ripe and creamy notes of strawberry, raspberry, orange and pomegranate balanced by crisp acidity, this is the wine you want to drink on warm sunny days.

Not sold yet?  I’ll give you one more chance to try it for free.  Stop by next Saturday, April 22nd — we’ll have it open for our free wine tasting that day. Otherwise, stop by the store and pick some up!  Cheers and happy spring and summer drinking and eating!

Perfect Grilling Wines Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Top Value Grilling Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, April 12th from 4-7pm – Join us Friday for a free wine tasting starring some top value grilling wines.  These are guaranteed to make your grilled meats, fish, and vegetables taste even better!

If you’re like me, one of your favorite things to do during the warmer months is grilling………….and drinking wine of course!  From steaks and chops to fish and veggies, I love the charred, smoky flavors that grilling contributes to foods.  Join us to sample three of our favorite “grillmates,” aka wines that are perfect for pairing with foods off the grill, but also totally enjoyable while you are grilling said foods!  Up first, it’s a crisp and delicious dry rosé from Corisca.  I love sipping on this one while I’m grilling, and I also love it with grilled fish and asparagus too.  Next in the lineup is a juicy and spicy, Grenache-driven Cotes du Rhone that is ideal for barbecued chicken or pork slathered in peppery barbecue sauce.  To finish, we’ll got with an Old Vine Zinfandel, one of the all time great grilling wines.  From babyback ribs to thick cut steaks, this one hits the spot every time.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines. Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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The Wines
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2016 Vetriccie Ile de Beauté Rosé (Corsica, France) – The new vintage of Vetriccie’s dry rosé is as crisp and refershing as ever.  A blend of native Corsican grapes (40% Niellucciu, 30% Sciaccarellu, 15% Grenache, 15% Merlot), it’s light, aromatic, and perfect for seafood, fish, and green vegetables.
Tasting Price: $9.89/bottle | $9.34 in mixed six packs | $8.79 in mixed cases


2. 2015 Finca Sophenia Malbec Reserve (Mendoza, Argentina) – We’ve been longtime fans of Finca Sophenia, and the new vintage of their Malbec is another winner.  From high altitude vineyards in the Tupungato sub-region of Mendoza, all fruit is hand harvested and aged for 12 months in French and American oak.  The resulting wine is a steak’s best friend!  Ripe, yet restrained, this one offers up notes of punch red berries, violet, and oak spice.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in a mixed six pack | $13.59 in a mixed case

3. 2014 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi, California) – For six generations, Klinker Brick has been family owned and operated, and they are one of the qualitative leaders of the vast Lodi AVA.  I recently tasted the wines with Farrah Felten-Jolley, daughter of the owners of Klinker Brick, and I was deeply impressed.  Their Old Vine Zinfandel comes from 16 different vineyard blocks with an average age of 86 years.  Deep, layered, rich and opulent, this one of my go-to wines when grilling steaks or chops.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in a mixed six pack | $17.59 in a mixed case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588